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The Bell-Boeing MV-22B Osprey (ICAO: V22 / WAKE: MEDIUM) is a multi-mission, military, tiltrotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. Created in Second Life by the Omega Concern, the aircraft was based on the real-life Bell-Boeing MV-22B Osprey.
Designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft, the Osprey originated from the United States Department of Defense Joint-service Vertical take-off/landing Experimental (JVX) aircraft program started in 1981. The team of Bell Helicopter and Boeing Helicopters was awarded a development contract in 1983 for the tiltrotor aircraft. The aircraft first flew in 1989, and began flight testing and design alterations; the complexity and difficulties of being the first tiltrotor intended for military service in the world led to many years of development.
The United States Marine Corps began crew training for the Osprey in 2000, and fielded it in 2007; it is supplementing and will eventually replace their CH-46 Sea Knights. The Osprey's other operator, the U.S. Air Force, fielded their version of the tiltrotor in 2009. Since entering service with the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force, the Osprey has been deployed in both combat and rescue operations over Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.
- Heads-up display (HUD) included.
- Aircraft Collision Avoidance System (ACAS), Proximity Warning System (PWS), hover assist and cruise autopilot.
- HALO/HAHO parachuting system and fastroping for deployment of up to fourteen players at a time.
- Belly-mounted GAU-17 7.62mm minigun with 360-degree coverage and third-person aiming capability (OCS combat system).
- Wind and Turbulence.
- Owner or group use.
- Functioning rear ramp
- Proprietary fuel system: Approximately 60 minutes of flight time. Refueling and rearming are accomplished by landing back at the same point from which you took off and shutting down the aircraft.
- Countermeasures Suite, Flares/Chaff.